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Regulators deny rate hike to fund solar project

Nov. 22, 2019 4:11 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An electricity rate hike that would have funded a solar farm in southern Ohio was denied by state regulators Thursday.  The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio voted to deny the application saying American Electric Power hadn't proven a need for the 400-megawatt Highland County...

California boosts pot taxes, shocking unsteady industry

Nov. 22, 2019 4:05 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is increasing business tax rates on legal marijuana, a move that stunned struggling companies that have been pleading with the state to do just the opposite. Hefty marijuana taxes that can approach 50 percent in some communities have been blamed for pushing shoppers into...

Health groups urge Trump to move ahead with e-cig flavor ban

Nov. 22, 2019 2:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health advocates are encouraging President Donald Trump to move forward with a federal ban on thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes. Trump is meeting at the White House on Friday with medical experts, health advocates and industry representatives on the problem of underage vaping....

US regulators bar govt telecom funds for Huawei, ZTE

Nov. 22, 2019 2:29 PM EST

U.S. communications regulators have cut off government funding for equipment from two Chinese companies, citing security threats. The Federal Communications Commission also proposed requiring companies that get government subsidies to rip out any equipment from Huawei and ZTE that they already have in place....

Mexican Congress approves budget after protests

Nov. 22, 2019 2:23 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s lower house of Congress approved the 2020 federal budget Friday in an all-night meeting at a convention center after protests and blockades by farm groups surrounding the Congress building. The protests were sparked by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s policy...

Michigan halts sale of marijuana vape products, orders tests

Nov. 22, 2019 2:07 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has temporarily halted the sale of marijuana products intended for vaping so that they can be tested for a compound linked to lung illnesses. The Marijuana Regulatory Agency issued the emergency rules Friday. They prohibit licensed medical and recreational marijuana...

Lawsuit seeks to protect California’s auto emission rules

Nov. 22, 2019 1:30 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coalition of 11 environmental groups has sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for revoking California’s authority to set tougher emission standards for cars and trucks than the federal government. The federal government has allowed California to set its own...

Church group program, restaurants close amid allegations

Nov. 22, 2019 1:24 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana labor officials are investigating claims filed by former Mudman workers that the religious group that owned the now-closed restaurant chain broke federal labor laws. Montana Public Radio reports Whitefish-based Potter’s Field Ministries required them to volunteer for...

Warren taps US Rep. Deb Haaland, 2 others as ‘co-chairs’

Nov. 22, 2019 1:16 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has named U.S. Reps. Deb Haaland, Ayanna Pressley and Katie Porter as her campaign co-chairs. Warren made the announcement Friday on social media with a video of the congresswomen at her campaign rallies. Haaland of Albuquerque is...

Vegas council bans swords, knives, toy guns in downtown zone

Nov. 22, 2019 11:58 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas City Council has voted to ban swords, knives and toy or replica guns from the downtown Freemont Street entertainment district. The council unanimously approved the ban Wednesday, adding the district to other tourist hubs around Las Vegas that have banned fake firearms. Nevada...